Freeport’s McShane Sets New State Record in Hurdles

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Freeport’s Deion McShane was one of the busiest athletes at the Boys State Track & Field Meet on Saturday.

He took fifth in the long jump, second in the 200 meter in a close finish. In the 110 meter hurdles he was unable to repeat as state champion. He was edged by Peru St. Bede’s Bret Dannis. But McShane’s best was still to come in the 300 meter hurdles. He blazed to the championship setting an all-time state record for all classes with a time of 36.53 seconds.

 “I’m very proud,” says McShane. “I’ve been working all year. This year and last year and even my freshman year. The fact that I got the 36 it made me feel so good!”

Also in 2A Rock Falls Braden Hamblen won the 3200. In 1A Forreston/Polo’s Mason Wright soared 47 feet on his final jump to win the triple jump beating his personal best by almost two feet.

“I was just thinking I’ve got to go,” says Wright “I’ve got to do something. I got the blood flowing.”

Wright’s Forreston teammate A.J. Christensen settled for second in both hurdles events. He was leading the 300 hurdles but couldn’t finish cleanly.

“I felt pretty decent,” says Christensen. “But I know I could have run a cleaner race, a better race, so it happens.”

Sophomore Riley Wells got Rockford Christian’s day off to a great start. He won the 1A 800 meter race completing the sweep of the State indoor and outdoor titles.

“It’s amazing.” says Wells. “It feels great to have all of that hard work throughout the season payoff in this one race.”

Rockford Christian also took second in the 800 meter relay, and Wells anchored another state championship in the 1600 meter relay.

Freeport also won the 2A team championship led by McShane’s efforts. In Class 1A Forreston/Polo finished second as a team. Rockford Christian finished tied for fourth.

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